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Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Memphis Area 2018 Class Signings

Please email popo@girlsbasketballtrainer.com commitments/signing updates and pictures.

Jasmine Carson (Whitehaven/AR Banshees) - committed to Georgia Tech
Gabby Crawford (Munford/TN Flight) - committed to Alabama
Elizabeth Dixon (Ridgeway/AR Banshees) - committed to Georgia Tech
Lauren Gross (Northpoint/Memphis Elite Daniels) - committed to North Florida
Sade' Hudson (Trezevant/Team Slink) - committed to UT Martin
Brittni Moore (White Station/Memphis Elite Daniels) - committed to UT Martin
Mahogany Vaught (Olive Branch/Team Slink) - committed to South Alabama
Lindsey Vaughn (MHEA/Team TN Glory) - committed to Mississippi College
Jireh Washington (Central/Team Slink) - committed to Arkansas State

Monday, August 14, 2017

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Se’Quoia Allmond, Diona Reed stand out at Future Stars USA 2017

Future Stars USA was held July 28 at Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, Kentucky. The event had just 60 (by invitation without charge to players having been pre-screened by event organizers) participants from the 2021, 2022 and 2023 classes.

PassThaBall was in attendance at the event. This is what they had to say about Se’Quoia Allmond and Diona Reed:

Se’Quoia Allmond, 5-5, point guard, 2021 (Memphis, Tennessee) Allmond is an athletic lead guard with good handles. and decent court vision. She can attack going right (strong hand) or left.


Diona Reed, 6-3, center, 2021 (Millington, Tennessee) Reed has continued to fill out from last year’s event (where last seen). Strongly built, she is a force down low but has added some range out to the foul line, impressive for age, height and build. All things considered, she runs adequately.

Read entire PassThaBall story 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Chyna Ellis (Arlington), Antoinette Lewis (Harding) in Canada for WBB Preseason Trip

The University of South Alabama women's basketball team are on a  9-day, two-city trip to Canada where they will play three games and visit the cities through various tours.



Chyna Ellis (Arlington) and Antoinette Lewis (Harding) are members of the team.

You can check out pictures and their experience at http://usawbb.weebly.com/

Friday, July 14, 2017

Lindsey Vaughn 2017 Maravich Award Winner



Congratulations to MHEA '18 G Lindsey Vaughn on being named HomeSchool Basketball's 2017 Maravich Award Winner.

The Maravich Award is reserved for HomeSchool Basketball’s National Player of the Year. The 2017 Maravich finalist (listed above) consist of the top 4 vote earners from a field that originally featured the top 26 boys & top 26 girls homeschool basketball players in the nation.



Lindsey wasn't the only award winner. Her MHEA teammate Annaliese Burnett  was honored as the National Junior Defensive POY

JoAnna Smith (Southaven) Signs Professional Contract In Portugal


Read entire Buffalo womens basketball story

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mid-South Players Shine in Insider Exposure Junior All-American Camp 2017




Blue Star Media's Mark Lewis was in Memphis or rather Collierville evaluating the Insider Exposure Junior all-American Camp 2017.

Here's what he had to say about Mid-South Area players:

Sequoia Almond – 2021 – 5-5 – Point Guard – Cordova, Tenn. – Ballhandling and passing are elite…Sees the floor in transition and the halfcourt…Creates off hesitation move effectively…Attacks off make, miss and turnovers…Nice athleticism and strength for size and age

Karlee Bates – 2020 – 5-4 – Point Guard – Arlington, Tenn. – Ballhandling is efficient…In and out works well…Mixes up both speed and direction…Has some quickness…Carless at times…Consistency will have to evolve

Tylei Byrd – 2021 – 5-9 – Guard – Jonesboro, Ark. – Size, build and strength at guard…Impressive ballskills…Gets to the rim and handles contact…Pull up is there…Physically has the tools to be an impact on both ends of the floor…Major possibilities

Tess Darby – 2020 – 5-11 – Wing – Greenfield, Tenn. – Size and length on the wing…Has some ballskills…Can set up passes effectively…Reads the floor and defenders…Pull up is sound…Has depth in her game…Strength will have to come

Jayla Hemingway – 2019 – 5-10 – Guard – Collierville, Tenn. – Established physically strong guard…Using a change of speed much more effectively…Crossover still serving her well…Acceleration…Can produce near the rim but comfortable around the horn…Ducks her head to a degree on the jumper…Willing to mix things up…Taking better cushions on her close outs with good results

Mya Pratcher – 2022 – 5-11 – Forward – Olive Branch, Miss. – Wiry built forward…Has some ballskills to call upon…Lots of length…Had moments but seemed unsure at times…Confidence will come

Dionna Reed – 2021 – 6-2 – Post – Memphis, Tenn. – Size and frame in the post…Surprisingly mobile…Plays with an abandon unusual for interior players…Has great agility for size…Put it on the floor a time or two…Impressive awareness…Left hand has to evolve…All up to her

Johne Stewart – 2018 – 5-6 – Point Guard – Memphis, Tenn. – Quick and athletic…Ball skills are effective…Hesitation creates opportunities…Always looking to attack…Weak hand needs some attention…Lots of acceleration off her moves…Can make defenders pay for slow perimeter closeouts spotting up

Jireh Washington – 2018 – 5-9 – Guard – Memphis, Tenn. – Combo…Wiry athlete…Individual skills are strong…Lots of speed with the ball…First step can be explosive…Change of speed gets defenders out of their stance…Tends to overdribble at times…Pull up in traffic is sharp…Strong moments

Taylor Woodhouse – 2021 – 5-4 – Point Guard – Olive Branch, Miss. – Smooth and fluid with the ball…Mixes up speed and direction…Accelerates off her moves…Form is there on the jumper and the pull up…Needs to become a factor without the ball in her hands to keep defenders honest

Read entire Blue Star Media recap

Myah Taylor (Olive Branch) 3 X Commercial Appeal Girls Basketball Player of the Year

Image from Commercial Appeal 

Congratulations to Myah!


Olive Branch's Myah Taylor, who is headed to Mississippi State, won the basketball honor for the third year in a row, joining Central's Nina Davis and Jasmine James of Bartlett as the only players to achieve that feat.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

2017 Memphis Regional High School Summer Camps/Leagues

Northpoint Lady Trojans Elementary & Middle School Girls Basketball Camp | May 30-31 | 1st-5th Grade (8am-11:30) 6th-8th grade (1pm-5pm) | $70 | Contact Ryan Richardson ryan34@gmail.com or 901-485-4157

Arlington Girls Basketball Camp | May 30-June 2 | 2nd-9th grade | $80 before May 30, $85 a the door | Call 901-233-9723

Olive Branch Summer League | June 1-2; June 6-8, June 13-14, June 19-21, June 28-29 | $35 per game, $125 for 4 Games | Contact Jason Thompson 901-268-2078

Westwood Summer League | June 5-7 | $200 | Contact Coach Brown @ 731-571-2679 or Coach Benton @ 901-315-3706

Harding Academy Team Camp | June 8, 9, 10 | $320 for 2 games per day | Contact Becky Starks 901-483-1784 or starks.becky@hardinglions.org

Fayette Ware Middle School Summer Team Camp | June 10 | @ West Junior High | $75 per team | Contact Sherri Smith 901-493-7791

Northpoint Lady Trojans Varsity Team Camp | June 12, 13, 14 | $45 per player or $325 per team | Contact Ryan Richardson ryan34@gmail.com, 901-485-4157 or Barry Gray bgray@ncstrojans.com, 601-757-5061

Lausanne Basketball Camp | June 12-16 | 9am-12pm | 1st - 8th grade | $135 | Contact Lesa Mears @ lmears@lausanneschoolcom, (901) 626-2249 | lausanneschool.com/summer

Northpoint Lady Trojans Middle School Girls Basketball Camp | June 15-16 | 7th, 8th and Combo Teams | $40 | Contact Ryan Richardson ryan34@gmail.com or 901-485-4157

Collierville Girls Basketball Camp | June 19-22 (1st-5th grade); July 10-12 (6th-8th grade) | $125 | www.colliervillecamps.com/girls-basketball-camps.cfm

St. Agness Girls Basketball Camp | June 19-23 | 2nd-8th grade | $125 | Call 901-618-5700

2017 Regional Summer College Basketball Camps Information

Here are some opportunities within the region surrounding Memphis to work on developing your basketball skills and guarantee that you are playing in front of the specific women’s basketball college coaching staffs:

June 8 - Memphis Elite Camp (9th-12th Grade) - $50 - Flyer

June 9 - Memphis Team Camp - $225 - Flyer

June 9 - Arkansas State Shooting Camp (4th-12th Grade) - $60 - Flyer

June 10 - CBU Elite Camp - (9th-12th Grade) - $40 - Flyer

June 10-11 Arkansas State Jr. High Elite Camp (7th-8th Grade) - $150 - Flyer

June 12-14 Austin Peay Shooting Camp (5th-8th grade) - $60 - Flyer

June 12 -15 Mississippi State Day Camp (2nd-7th grade) - $65 - Website

June 12 - 15 Ole Miss Day Camp (5 years old - 8th Grade) - $140 - Flyer

June 13 - Southern Miss Team Shoot Out - $240 - Flyer

June 16 - Ole Miss Team Shootout - $100 + $65 Per game Fee - Flyer

June 16 & 17 Mississippi State Team Shootout - $250 per day - Website

June 17 Austin Peay Team Camp $150/$250 - Flyer

June 17 - Vanderbilt Elite Camp (8th-12th grade) - $100 - Website

June 17-18 - Southern Miss Elite Overnight Camp (10th-12th Grade) - $100/$75 - Flyer

June 18 - SEMO Elite Camp (9th-12th Grade) - $40 - Website

June 19  East Mississippi Community College Skills Camp - $40 - Flyer

June 19-21 - MTSU Team Camp - $150 - Flyer

June 19-22 - Memphis Day Camp (3rd-9th Grade) - $225 - Flyer

June 21-23 - Ole Miss Team Camp - $100 + $65 Per game Fee - Flyer

June 24 - Ole Miss Elite Skills Camp (7th-12th Grade) - $50 - Flyer

August 5 - Southern Miss Elite Day Camp (10th-12th Grade) - $40 - Flyer

Friday, May 26, 2017

Jayla Hemingway Standout at Captial Cool 2017

Last weekend, several top national teams traveled to Montgomery, AL to participate in the 5th Annual Capital Cool Classic. Several young ladies from Tennessee stood out in the event including Houston's 10th grader Jayla Hemingway.

Pass Tha Ball was there evaluating the event and this is what they had to say about Jayla:


Jayla Hemingway, 5-10, shooting guard, Tennessee Flight Silver (Collierville, Tennessee) Hemingway, a Power 5 prospect, is a first option driver, but can, as she did in the bracket final, hit a key three. She led Flight in scoring in the championship game.

Read entire Pass Tha Ball evaluation

Myah Taylor, MS Preps 2x Female Athlete of the Year/Female Basketball Player of the Year

image and article from Clarion-Ledger


When Myah Taylor’s senior season began, she had already been named Gatorade Player of the Year twice. She was ranked as the No. 1 player in the state of Mississippi and top 50 in the country. She’d won countless tournament MVP awards and earned the Female Athlete of the Year award for her performance on the court during the 2015-16 season.

Still, Taylor had one more accomplishment to add to the list: become a state champion.

Her four previous seasons with Olive Branch were nothing short of spectacular individually. Her talent on the basketball court was proven year-in and year-out by the accolades she continued to pull in. Every year though her team fell short of winning the coveted gold ball.

Her freshman year Taylor led her team to Jackson and the semifinals, before a broken foot sidelined her for all but a few seconds of the championship game. The next season she again led her team back to the championship, but Horn Lake took the title. Her junior season she again set her sights on the Coliseum and the possibility of hoisting the championship trophy above her head, but Olive Branch lost to Starkville in the second round.

Everything was different her senior season, with nothing to lose and everything to gain. Taylor knew this would be the year they’d win it all. Averaging 23 points, eight assists, five rebounds and three steals per game, the 5-foot-7 point guard led Olive Branch to its first state title in school history. She's also now the first two-time winner of The Clarion-Ledger Sports Awards Female Athlete of the Year award.

“It wasn’t easy,” Taylor said. “There have been some great moments and some sad moments. Very painful moments when my body was sore and I felt like I couldn’t do it anymore. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t easy at all. But it was worth it. I’m just glad I never gave up.”

Her entire career Taylor has reaped the rewards of her hard work and determination to be the best. On top of winning a state title this season, Taylor earned the Gatorade Player of the Year nod for the third consecutive year, was a McDonald’s All-American nominee and made USA Today’s third team.

If she hadn’t already cemented her place in Mississippi high school basketball history, there’s no question she has now.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

NEB Spring Invitational Recap

InsiderExposure Media was in attendance at the NEB Spring Invitational event during the second week of the NCAA Spring Evaluation period. Several Memphis-area players caught their attention.


G Sade Hudson 5’8 2018 Team Slink Pink (Trezevant) 2018 Set the tone for her team all weekend through her awesome hustle and activity on defense. She also proved to be a nightmare for opposing teams through her playmaking on offense- whether it was her shooting the 3 ball at a high clip, blowing by her man and finishing at the rim, or penetrating and finding her teammates for open shots- she did it all!

G Chloe Moore 5’9 2020 Lady Silver Foxes (Greenfield) Big time game winner! She already has great length and athleticism for a PG. She plays hard, competes on the glass at both ends, has great vision and awareness, and is very adept at using fakes (whether off the catch or off the dribble) to get wherever she wants. She had one of the best clutch plays of the weekend when she drove the full length of the court, shook her defender loose and stepped back into a 3 pointer to tie the game up and send it into overtime.

G Joi Montgomery 5’8 2020 AR JB Lady Ballers (Marion(AR)) 2020 Baller who can pretty much do everything. Easily the most enjoyable player to watch this weekend purely because of her will to win. Whatever her team needed- she delivered. Big time rebounds, lock down defense and clutch plays down the stretch were all on display. She was very unselfish as well and always seemed to make the right decision.

Read entire Insider Exposure recap

Manaya Jones (Raleigh-Egypt) transfers from Old Dominion to return home to Memphis


Read entire University of Memphis Lady Tigers story

Memphis Area 2017 Class Signings

Please email popo@girlsbasketballtrainer.com commitments/signing updates and pictures.







Zaire Hicks


Damiah Griffin


Johnna Jones




Tamia Aldridge (Bolton/Team Slink) - signed with Bryan College
Teal Battle (White Station/Lady Mambas) - committed to Arkansas-Little Rock
Tasia Bland (Raleigh-Egypt) - signed with Dyersburg State
Emily Evans (Southaven/Lady Mambas) - signed with East Mississippi CC
Shaela Gardner (Houston/TN Flight) - Signed with Chipola College
Damiah Griffin (White Station/Team Penny) - committed to UT Martin
Zakyia Head (Raleigh-Egypt) - signed with Dyersburg State
Zaire Hicks (White Station/Lady Mambas) - committed to UT Martin
Dallas Hullett (Olive Branch) - signed with Blue Mountain
Dontrecia Johnson (Whitehaven) - signed with Rhodes College
Erica Jones (Southaven/Lady Mambas) - committed to Kentucky State
Johnna Jones (Munford/Clarksvile SOL/TN Glory) - committed to CBU
Myah LeFlore (St. Benedict/Team Penny) - committed to Austin Peay
Rochelle Lee (Houston/Lady Magic) - committed to Chattanooga
Antoinette Lewis (Harding Academy/Team Penny) - committed to South Alabama
Taelor Manning (White Station) - signed with Millsaps College
Kiara McCollins (Mitchell) - signed with Itawamba CC
Selena Pruitt (Lausanne/Team Penny) - committed to Alabama-Huntsville
De'Aysia Reeder (Whitehaven) - signed with Arkansas State-Midsouth
Takya Reid (Hamilton) - signed with Southwest TN CC
Ericka Richardson (Horn Lake) - signed with EKU
Hannah Shafer (Northpoint) - Signed with Mississippi College
Myah Taylor (Olive Branch/Southern Starz) committed to Mississippi State
Heaven Thompson (Bolton/Team Slink) committed to Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Tesia Thompson (Hamilton/Team Penny) signed with SEMO
Lindsey Whiteside (Northpoint/Lady Mambas) signed with Rhodes College
Ariel Williams (Whitehaven/Memphis Dream) signed with Grambling State
Alexus Williams (Whitehaven) signed with Grambling State
Taylor Williams (White Station/Team Slink) signed with Tennessee State
Jayla Woods (Whitehaven) signed with Arkansas State-Midsouth
Andreana Wrister (Cordova/Memphis Elite Daniels) committed to Mississippi Valley State

Monday, May 8, 2017

Meet the Commercial Appeal 2016-2017All-Metro Girls Basketball Team

From the Commercial Appeal


Meet the semifinalists for The Commercial Appeal's girls basketball player of the year.

The winners will be announced the inaugural Commercial Appeal Sports Awards at the Opheum on June 9.

Player of the Year SemiFinalists



Newcomers of the Year - Tess Darby & Chloe Moore

image and article from The Jackson Sun



GREENFIELD — Girls basketball at Greenfield has always been one of the top programs in West Tennessee.

But with injuries and the reliance on young players, there were some unknowns on how good the Lady Yellowjackets could be this season.

Behind the play of freshmen Tess Darby and Chloe Moore, Greenfield won its first girls basketball district title since 1979.

Darby averaged 18.6 points and 4.1 rebounds, while Moore averaged 14.9 points, 4.0 assists and 2.9 steals to be named the 2017 All-West Tennessee co-Newcomers of the Year.

"I expected us to be able to compete for the district title because I had played with these girls before, and I know how to play with them," Moore said. "It was a great experience."

Darby and Moore play totally different positions for the Lady Yellowjackets, so they know how to feed off of each other and attack in two different ways.

"We were used to playing with each other," Darby said. "We knew what our strengths and weaknesses are."

So what does each feel like her strength is?

"I feel like I see the floor really well, and I know when and where to pass it," Moore said.

"My strength is my height and being able to play in the post," Darby said.

Moore does more of the ball handling, working on breaking presses and running the offense, which Darby feels complements her game.

"She can dribble the ball, unlike me, so she can help us get into our offenses," Darby said.

Darby is more of a threat under the basket, and she has the ability to score 30 points on any given night, which complements the play of Moore.

"Tess' shooting helps that when I pass it to her, she has a quick release," Moore said.

Greenfield reached the region semifinals this season before losing to Dresden. Darby felt that the Lady Yellowjackets should have done more, but she is ready to put in the work this offseason for next year.

"I want to get stronger," Darby said. "That was one of the hard parts about last year was going up against bigger, stronger people."

Moore also has her sights set on being better for next season.

"I want to be more of a leader next year," Moore said. "We have a lot of potential with the ability to go to state."

Monday, May 1, 2017

Memphis-Area Players make ALL-USA Team

Last week, USA TODAY High School Sports announced the American Family Insurance ALL-USA State Girls Basketball Teams.

Several players from our area made the teams:

Tennessee:




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Mississippi:


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Monday, April 3, 2017

Mississippi State signee Myah Taylor delighted by win over UConn

article from Commercial Appeal

Myah Taylor got her workout in Friday night.

The Gatorade player of the year from state champion Olive Branch was one of the many who tuned in to watch Mississippi State end UConn's 111-game winning streak in the women's Final Four. And Taylor had more of a rooting interest than most; she'll be a freshman on the Bulldogs next season.

"I jumped on the bed," she said of her reaction to Morgan William's buzzer-beating winner in overtime.

"I ran about 10 laps around the house. I could of gone through the TV. Everybody at my house just went crazy."

Indeed, just about everyone outside of the Northeast went wild after the Bulldogs' 66-64 overtime victory ended the longest winning streak in college sports history and propelled the Bulldogs into Sunday's 5 p.m. title game against SEC rival South Carolina, which eliminated Stanford.

"It was very exciting, coming from last year (losing to by 60 to the Huskies in the Sweet 16) to this year," Taylor said. "I think their tactic was to attack, to hit UConn in the mouth early and show that they were a different team, that they weren't scared."

Taylor was especially excited for William, who finished with 13 points and six assists. The two-time Commercial Appeal player of the year said William has served as a big sister of sorts as she prepares for life at the college level.

"She's watched some of my games, given me pointers," Taylor said. "She's a wonderful person with a big heart and I think everyone can see that now."

Throughout the season, there had been plenty of national debate about whether the Huskies' streak was a good thing or a bad thing for women's basketball as a whole. Taylor sends State's victory sends a clear message.

"I think it gives a lot of teams hope," she said. "Why not us, too? It's like (UConn coach) Geno (Auriemma) said, he knew theur time to lose was coming. I'm just really excited it was Mississippi State (that ended the streak)."

Thursday, March 30, 2017

2016-17 TSWA All-State Girls Basketball Teams

Here’s a look at the 2016-17 all-state girls basketball team, as selected by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association:


Class AAA
Anastasia Hayes, Riverdale, Sr.
Jayla Hemingway,  Houston, So.
Rhyne Howard, Bradley Central, Jr.
Brinae Alexander, Riverdale, Jr.
Hale Hughes, Bradley Central, Sr.
Elizabeth Dixon, Ridgeway, Jr.
Jireh Washington, Memphis Central, Jr.
Johne’ Stewart, Memphis Central, Jr.
Tesia Thompson, Hamilton, Sr.
Sydney Newsome, Morristown West, Sr.
Emily Beard, Dickson County, Sr.
Kailey Rosenbaum, Dickson County, Jr.
Addison Byrd, Wilson Central, Sr.
Gabby Crawford, Munford, Jr.
Brianah Ferby, Stewarts Creek, Sr.


Class AA
Akira Levy, Upperman, Jr.
Jacobi Lynn, McMinn Central, Sr.
Erica Haynes-Overton, East Nashville, Sr.
Janiah Sandifer, Pearl-Cohn, Sr.
Shawnta Shaw, Pearl-Cohn, Jr.
Sydni Lollar, Greeneville, Jr.
Abby Greenwood, Upperman, Sr.
Paige Pipkin, Chester County, Sr.
Jamirah Shutes, Haywood, Jr.
Savannah LeGate, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Sr.
KeKe McKinney, Fulton, Sr.
Keeley Carter, Macon County, Fr.
Quanardra Miller, Jackson South Side, So.
Qua Hines, Gatlinburg Pittman, Sr.
Karli Combs, Grainger, Sr.


Class A
Ali Golden, Huntland, Sr.
Taylor Lamb, South Greene, Jr.
Kara Meadows, Clarkrange, Sr.
Caitlyn Yost, Forrest, Sr.
Abby Buckner, Middle Tennessee Christian, Sr.
Alyssa LeMay, Mt. Pleasant, Sr.
Braelyn Wykle, South Greene, So.
Chelsey Perry, Middleton, Sr.
Brynne Lytle, Trinity Christian Academy, Sr.
Kyleigh Hardy, Jackson County, Jr.
Courtney Pritchett, Pickett County, Jr.
Jesica Keith, Huntingdon, Sr.
Tess Darby, Greenfield, Fr.
Sydney Boykin, Clarksville Academy, Fr.
Kaylea Foster, Coalfield, Sr.

Division II
Ashtyn Baker, Northpoint Christian, Sr.
Anna Jones, USJ, Sr.
Antoinette Lewis, Harding Academy, Sr.
Jordyn Cambridge, Ensworth, Jr.
Sydni Harvey, Brentwood Academy, Jr.
Myah LeFlore, St. Benedict, Sr.
Bria Dial, Brentwood Academy, Sr.
Audrey Burdge, Father Ryan, Sr.
Riley Casey, Franklin Road Academy, Sr.
Allison Cowie, Battle Ground Academy, Sr.
Casey Collier, Webb School of Knoxville, So.
Lindsey Whiteside, Northpoint Christian, Sr.
Mya Long, Baylor School, Sr.
Selena Pruitt, Lausanne Collegiate, Sr.
Savanna Owens, Briarcrest Christian, Jr.

Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 Best of West Middle School Girls Exposure Camp Recap

Patosha Jeffery and Power5 B Ball teamed up to bring The Best of West Middle School Girls Exposure Camp to Memphis, TN on March 4, 2017. Fifty-five players from Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas represented at the 4 hour event. The players went through fundamental and competitive drills as evaluators Dan Olson (Girls Basketball Report/espnW), Memphis Girls Basketball, Major Prep Sports, Tiger Sports Report and videographer, Mykal Anthony Media, were in attendance.



Click here to read entire recap and player evaluations

Memphis Players Shine at 2017 Battle at the Hive

Insider Exposure was in attendance of the Battle at the Hive event.

Check out what they had to say about 2021 Point Guard Se'Quoia Almond

Se’Quoia Allmond – 5’8 PG – 2021 – Bellevue MS – Memphis War Eagles 2021 – Nice size and build for an athletic PG, Allmond may have had the best handles at the event. Really nice in & out dribble, between the legs and behind the back, she was able to move the ball around even under pressure in heavy traffic. Had a nice euro step on a drive to the rack and played with an upbeat attitude and good motor.

Honorable Mentions:

Ciara Taylor – 2021 – Memphis War Eagles
Dionna Reed – 2021 – Memphis War Eagles
Destinee Wells – 2020 – Team Penny Wareagles/Houston
Megan Sanfrantello – 2020 – Team Penny Wareagles/Tipton-Rosemark

See entire Insider Exposure recap

Friday, March 17, 2017

Memphis area prospects in the NCAA women's tournament

From Commercial Appeal

The NCAA women’s basketball tournament begins on Friday and the Memphis area will have several rooting interests even though none of its college teams are involved this year. Here’s a rundown of the local prospects from the surrounding area that could pop up on your television screen in the coming weeks.

F Nina Davis, Baylor, Sr. — This 5-foot-11 post player, who was a Parade all-American and Tennessee’s Gatorade Player of the Year while starring at Central High School, is only the fifth player in Baylor history to register more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Though she averaged career-lows of 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season due to an influx of talent for the Bears, she is nonetheless a major cog in their quest to make the Final Four for the first time in five years. Davis earned Big 12 player of the year and second team all-American honors last season, when Baylor lost in the Elite Eight for the third straight season.

F Jasmine Joyner, Chattanooga, Sr. — The 6-foot-2 Southaven, Miss. native was the only player in the Southern Conference to average a double-double this season and earned first team all-conference and conference defensive player of the year honors as a result. She had eight double-doubles over the final nine games of the season. She averaged 13.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and nearly four blocks per game.

G Jaida Roper, Kentucky, Fr. — The former Houston High star was a late addition to Kentucky’s 2016 recruiting class and became a useful contributor right away for the Wildcats as this season progressed. She started twice in December and has played at least 10 minutes in 13 of the past 17 games. Roper is averaging 2.8 points and 1.2 assists per game.

G Olivia Cunningham, Toledo, So. — The Horn Lake, Miss. native began her college career at Murray State and has become a crucial reserve in her first season playing at Toledo. The combo guard is averaging 5.6 points per game and scored a season-best 20 points when the Rockets beat Northern Illinois to win the Mid-American Conference tournament championship game.

C Raquel Logan, Central Arkansas, Sr. — This West Memphis, Ark., native is starting for the Southland Conference champions and averaging six points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game this year.

F Tieraney Paylor, Central Arkansas, So. — The former Ridgeway standout is redshirting this year due to an achilles injury.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Olive Branch star, Myah Taylor, honored

image and article from Commercial Appeal



If there was any lingering doubt — and really at this point there shouldn't have been, but if there was — Myah Taylor has put it all to rest. The Olive Branch senior will go down as one of the best and most-honored girls basketball players in the history of the area.

Taylor cemented her legacy on Monday when she was named Gatorade's state player of the year for a record third straight time. The honor comes after the Mississippi State signee led the Quistors to the MHSAA 6A state championship with a 57-54 victory over Starkville at Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on Saturday.

Olive Branch ends the season 33-1 and is ranked 19th in the latest USA Today national poll.

"I had to sacrifice a lot but like my dad told me, now I can see the hard work has paid off," said Taylor. "Things like not going out with my friends ... I'll either be at home studying or in the gym.

"Don't get me wrong, winning the Gatorade award is great. But our number one goal all season was to win state as a team. That's what we worked toward all year; our motto was 'all in.' I couldn't have done any of this without my teammates."

The 5-6 Taylor — who is ranked 49th nationally in the class of 2016 according to ESPN HoopGurlz — averaged 21.6 points, 7.5 assists and 7 steals for Olive Branch this season while shooting 49 percent from the floor. Off the court she's just as impressive, maintaining a 4.10 grade-point average.

She capped her career with a 16-point, 9-steal, 6-assist effort in the victory over Starkville.

Anastasia Hayes, the Miss Basketball winner from undefeated state champ Murfreesboro Riverdale, was the Gatorade winner for Tennessee.

DIXON TO GEORGIA TECH

Georgia Tech has picked up another verbal commitment from a Shelby County girls basketball standout as Ridgeway's Elizabeth Dixon announced via Twitter on Sunday that she was headed to Atlanta.

"After heavy consideration and talking with family, I'm excited to further my education at Georgia Tech," she Tweeted. "I'm so excited and can't wait."

Dixon will be joined by another talented class of 2018 standout, Whitehaven sharp-shooter Jasmine Carson, who committed to the Yellow Jackets last month.

The 6-3 Dixon is currently the 20th-ranked junior in the nation according to ESPN HoopGurlz. She attracted serious recruiting interest from a host of strong programs, including Baylor, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida State, Louisville, Kentucky and Maryland.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Myah Taylor (Olive Branch) 3x MS Gatorade Player of the Year



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Olive Branch finishes strong, wins the 6A title

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To get to where Olive Branch wanted to go, it was not going to be pretty.

But while the method of digging itself out of a double-digit hole and holding up the gold ball as the 6A state champions may have not been the preferred way to go about it, it was nonetheless effective.

Using a grinding full-court trap Olive Branch beat Starkville 57-54 on Saturday in Mississippi Coliseum, despite getting less than stellar games from both of its Dandy Dozen players.

“I’m just glad that it worked out,” coach Jason Thompson said.

Myah Taylor, the top player in the state and a Mississippi State signee (for the second game in a row, future head coach Vic Schaefer was watching), finished with 16 points, but she was 5-of-18 from the floor, 0-of-5 from 3-point range and even 6-of-16 at the free throw line. That’s not typical Taylor.

Mahogany Vaught was the player of the game with 14 points, but she was also 4-of-14 from the field. They, and their teammates, were struggling in the first half (8-of-27 FG), and it took a quick four-point burst just to make it 26-21 at halftime against the Lady Jackets (31-1).

“I told them that’s it a long haul, ladies,” Thompson said. “Sometimes a game may be over early but a good team is going to make you fight to the finish. I said, ‘We’re built for this.’ It’s no big thing to us.”

Thompson also made sure Taylor and Vaught knew he was going to ride with them throughout.

“I told them, ‘Stick to it. We’re going to find a way,’” Thompson said. “Win, lose or draw, you always want your best kids to have the ball to give you a chance to win. They’ve been doing it their whole life. Ain’t no different today.”

So as a team they ratcheted up the pressure, to great effect: Starkville turned the ball over eight times in the third quarter and 14 in the second half. The Lady Jackets went the last six minutes of the third quarter and first minute of the fourth without making a field goal.

“We rattled them, the ball-handlers,” Vaught said. “That’s really our game, defense. And it’s what turned us up in the second half.”

It led to some easy Olive Branch baskets, but also a lot of free throws for both sides (55 total). Starkville, to its credit, held on as long as it could on the defensive end, and it was still 49-49 with three minutes to go.

That’s when Taylor (who finished with nine steals) made a series of free throws, and then found Nadia Gillespie along the baseline for a jumper that made it 54-49 and effectively sealed it.

“Words can’t explain it,” Taylor said. “I’m just very proud of my team. Very excited.”

Central girls fall to Riverdale in AAA state title game

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The Tigers are most likely done for the season. The Grizzlies are in the middle of a puzzling slump.

But Central's girls basketball team showed Saturday there's still plenty to be happy about in Hoop City as it pushed the No. 1 team in the nation to its absolute limits. But in the end, Murfreesboro Riverdale showed it was legit as it held off the Lady Warriors 66-59 in a thrilling AAA championship game at the Murphy Center.

Central — which battled its way to the final after finishing in third place in the District 16-AAA tournament — ends the season 30-7. It was the school's first appearance in the championship game since winning it all in 2011.

"We knew we were the underdog team from Memphis, going up against the No. 1 team in the nation," said Central's Brianna Cooks.

But in typical grit-grind fashion, Central took it right to the favorites and found itself in the fourth quarter with a great chance to pull the upset.

Jireh Washington's 3-pointer gave the Lady Warriors a 52-51 lead with 6:45 to go in the game, and she hit a free throw moments later to tie it at 53. Riverdale — led by tournament Most Valuable Player Anastasia Hayes — responded though and was clinging to a 59-55 lead when Washington missed a 3 with 1:12 to go.

Free throws by Brinae Alexander and Aislynn Hayes then gave Riverdale enough cushion to ride out the storm.

Washington — who finished with a team-high 20 points — was terrific from beyond the arc, connecting on 5 of 6 attempts. Central shot 8 of 18 as a team but was a frustrating 13 of 40 on its 2-point attempts.

As coach Rashad Haynes said, the chances were there.

"We usually have five guards on the floor, and there were some second-chance opportunities where they made some and we missed some," he said. "The effort was there; the fight was there. But (we) didn't finish.

"A different play here and there, and maybe it's a different game."

Anastasia Hayes, a Tennessee signee who was named Miss Basketball earlier in the week, finished with 32 points and was a one-girl press-breaker against Central's furious pressure defense. Amanda Whittington added 11 points while Brinae Alexander pulled down 16 boards, all of them seemingly coming at demoralizing times for Central.

Riverdale ends the season 34-0 and is the sixth straight Murfreesboro team to win the state championship.

"Our mindset against them was the same as with any other team," said Central's Johne' Stewart. "We don't look at rankings or anything like that. We played them like we would any other team."

Cooks had her best game of the tournament, finishing with 17 points on 3 of 5 3-point shooting. Stewart added 14.

"It's hurtful," said Haynes. "But I'm very proud. I think we represented Memphis very well. And just a few more shots here and there ..."

Central girls advance to AAA final

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After 36 games, Central coach Rashad Haynes says he's still waiting for all of his girls to bring their "A-games" on the same day. Saturday will need to be that day.

The Lady Warriors advanced to the championship with a 72-59 victory over Dickson County Friday at the Murphy Center. Their reward? A match-up against the defending state champs, undefeated Murfreesboro Riverdale, which also just happens to be the No. 1 team in the nation according to USA TODAY.

"We've got one more chance, one game left," said Haynes. "We're still trying to figure out who we are."


Here are some hints. Central is athletic, tough and talented and causes all kinds of problems with its pressure defense. The Lady Warriors for 16 turnovers against Dickson County after forcing Oak Ridge to cough it up 21 times in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

Jireh Washington scored 23 to lead Central (30-6) while Johne' Stewart — who poured in 31 against Oak Ridge — added 18. But the Lady Warriors would have been hard-pressed to win without a terrific all-around game from Kynadi Kuykendoll, who scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to go along with 5 of her team's 9 steals.

"(Rebounding) is about heart," the 5-4 Kuykendoll said. "It's not about height. They have five players; we have five players. You just have go in there and box out."

Kuykendoll's 3-pointer with 3:29 to go in the first half gave Central a 30-16 lead and they still led by eight (32-24) at the break.

"The key was pressure," said Haynes. "The continuous pressure that kind of let us get out and get some offensive creation. The opportunities are there and the kids are stepping up at the right time."

Three-point shooting also helped Central build its first-half advantage; the Lady Warriors connected five times from behind the arc leaving Haynes pleasantly surprised.

"No, that's not something we normally do," he smiled. "We've been consistently inconsistent."

Said Washington, who made 2 of 4 of her 3-point attempts, "We have been very inconsistent but we keep working."

Spurred on by their huge student section, the Lady Cougars pulled to within 40-34 as Emily Beard knocked down a pair of free throws with 1:32 to go in the third. But Washington responded with a jumper before Bionka Massie drained a long 3 from the corner at the buzzer to make it an 11-point advantage and Dickson County (29-8) was all but finished.

Kailey Rosenbaum, Dickson County's potent inside threat, finished with 13 points before fouling out early in the fourth quarter. Olivia Rinehart came off the bench to score 10.

Saturday's 1 p.m. championship will be Central's first appearance in the finals since winning it all in 2011. Riverdale beat Central 80-58 when the teams met in the semifinals last year and will be formidable once again. But Central appears to be peaking at the right time. And it's March.

Haynes is keeping his fingers crossed.

"I talked pre-game about everybody trying to bring their A-game and how dangerous we could be," he said. "We're trying to get there."

Dickson County (59) — Kaelin Roberts 9, Cierra Smith 6, Raegan Purvine 8, Emily Beard 9, Kailey Rosenbaum 13, Olivia Rinehart 10, Sierra Morgan 4.

Central (72) — Brianna Cooks 7, Brittney Ivory 3, Kynadi Kuykendoll 16, Bionka Massie 5, Johne’ Stewart 18, Jireh Washington 23.

Records — Dickson Co. 29-8, Central 30-6.

Houston girls fall to Riverdale in AAA semifinal

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For 16 minutes, the impossible looked possible Friday at the Murphy Center.

Houston, playing in the state semifinals for the first time in school history, went toe-to-toe with mighty Murfreesboro Riverdale and played them to a virtual standstill at halftime. But the Warriors took control of the game in the third quarter before eliminating the Mustangs, 69-50, in the AAA semifinals.

Riverdale (33-0), which is ranked No. 1 in the USA Today national rankings, will play for its second consecutive championship Saturday at 1 p.m. against Central, which ousted Dickson County earlier in the day.

The most successful season in Houston history ends 28-4.

"We're only losing three seniors," said first-year coach Ben Moore. "We started three sophomores and a freshman today so we have a chance to be back here.

"The run this team made through the region tournament was special. I knew we had a talented team but I didn't see that toughness until the region. With a first-year coach, they had to figure out a lot of things on the fly."

Despite shooting just 33.3 percent from the floor, Houston led by as much as five in the first half and trailed just 26-23 at the break. That was due in large part to the fact that Riverdale was even colder from the floor (27.8) percent.

But the Warriors scored the first nine points out of the gate to take a 35-23 lead and Houston never threatened. Brinae Alexander did most of the damage, hitting two free throws before converting a 3-point play and knocking down a nice jumper.

Alexander finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead Riverdale.

"We knew somebody was going to make a run," said Moore. "We just hoped it would be us."

Said Riverdale coach Randy Coffman, "They stretched us out some in the first half and we got in a little trouble. I was telling them about 20 different things to do (defensively). We got big, decided we wanted to defend and get out and be Riverdale."

Miss Basketball winner Anastasia Hayes added 15 for Riverdale, which made 13 of 22 shots (59.1 percent) in the second half. Alexis Whittington chipped in with 12.

"We wanted to get them back," said Houston's Madison Griggs, whose team lost to Riverdale in a Christmas tournament last season. "But they're quick. They shoot the ball well and rebound."

Freshman Destinee Wells had 20 to lead Houston while Griggs and Miss Basketball finalist Jayla Hemingway finished with 9 apiece. Houston never did get its shooting stroke cranked up and ended the game 20 of 56 (35.7 percent).

"They went to that 1-3-1 and that really bothered us," said Moore. "We weren't very patient and we couldn't get buckets."

Houston (50) — Melisa Carter 2, Shaela Gardner 6, Madison Griggs 9, Jayla Hemingway 9, Rochelle Lee 2, Kennedy Maclin 2, Destinee Wells 20.

Riverdale (69) — Brinae Alexander 21, Anastasia Hayes 15, Aislynn Hayes 8, Amanda Whittington 5, Alexis Whittington 12, Alasia Hayes 7, Jalyn Holcomb 1.

Records — Houston 28-4, Riverdale 33-0.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Houston girls advance to Tennessee AAA semifinals

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Fake news. Alternate facts. In a world where the truth isn't as necessarily cut-and-dried, here's another perception that's taking a beating: Memphis girls basketball teams can't compete with their eastern and mid-state counterparts.

Houston advanced to the AAA semifinals Wednesday, surviving a cold-shooting, foul-filled game against Clarksville to win 58-45 at the Murphy Center. That puts the Mustangs (28-3) in Friday's 11:30 p.m. semifinal against defending state champion Murfreesboro Riverdale, which is ranked No. 1 in this week's USA TODAY rankings.

They'll be joined in the semis by Central, which eliminated Oak Ridge earlier. Both Houston and Central represent Region 8 and Mustangs coach Ben Moore said Wednesday's results definitely made a statement.

"I think you look at our region; we played Hamilton, White Station and Central in the region tournament," he said. "And White Station was fantastic all season. I think there were three or four teams from our region that could have made it to state and made a little run."


Instead it will be Houston moving on after winning the first state tournament game in school history. The Mustangs' only other appearance came in 2014 when they lost to Blackman in the quarters.

This one was a battle from the get-go. Houston won despite shooting just 37 percent from the floor and was certainly helped by the fact that Clarksville was even worse (26.7 percent, 3 of 15 on 3s). The only reason the Wildcats stayed within striking distance until the fourth quarter was excellent free-throw shooting; they shot 18 of 19 from the line.

"Survive and advance, that's kind of been our mantra the last couple of weeks," said Moore, who is in his first season at Houston. "We're happy to still be playing."

Jayla Hemingway, a Miss Basketball finalist who led Houston with 14 points, said her young team's first appearance on the big stage was a factor.

"I think we were nervous, kind of shellshocked at first," she said. "But our team is very close, like a family, and we were (eventually) able to get each other pumped up."

Hemingway — herself a sophomore — got plenty of help from freshman Destinee Wells, who finished with 13, and sophomore Madison Griggs, who hit a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 10. Houston never trailed after Griggs connected from the top of the key with 41 seconds left in the first half, giving the Mustangs a 26-24 lead at the break.

Hannah Goins scored 12 points to lead Clarksville (27-6), which finished in third place in the District 10 tournament before surprising many by winning the Region 5 tourney.

Clarksville (45) — Ellie Treanton 4, Deja Walls 7, Judy Cummings 8, Ailyah Miller 7, Lainey Persinger 2, Hannah Goins 12, Taylor Adkins 5.

Houston (58) — Melisa Carter 4, Shaela Gardner 7, Madison Griggs 10, Jayla Hemingway 14, Sammiyah Hoskin 3, Rochelle Lee 4, Shannon Sharp 3, Destinee Wells 13.

OLIVE BRANCH ADVANCES TO FINAL

Despite a rare off night from senior star Myah Taylor, Olive Branch will be playing in its third MHSAA 6A state championship game in the last four years.

The Quistors (31-1) forced 22 turnovers and dominated on the glass in a 61-47 victory over Jackson Murrah at the Jackson Coliseum. The victory sends Olive Branch — ranked 19th in the nation according to USA Today — into Saturday's 6 p.m. championship game.

Mahogany Vaught had 23 to lead Olive Branch. Katie Blackmon grabbed 21 rebounds and almost out-rebounded Murrah by herself; Olive Branch won that battle 44-22.

Taylor, a Mississippi State signee and two-time Best of the Preps player of the year, had 12 on just 4 of 17 shooting. Olive Branch rallied in the second half after trailing 26-21 at halftime.

"I don't have to score because I know my teammates have my back," she told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. "I continued to encourage my teammates that the game wasn't over and you see what the results were."

Murrah (45) — Jessica Almons 9, Regina Sampson 3, Keimoya Walker 15, Kasey Bradford 8, Nya Irvin 2, Zephorah Jones 8.

Olive Branch (62) — Katie Blackmon 11, En’dya Buford 10, Marika Owens 4, Sarena Shipp 2, Myah Taylor 12, Mahogany Vaught 23.

Central tops Oak Ridge in AAA girls state quarterfinals

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Central girls basketball coach Rashad Haynes says that when Johne' Stewart is hitting shots "she's the golden child."

Stewart and all the Lady Warriors were good as gold Wednesday at the Murphy Center.

The 5-8 junior poured in 31 points and was part of a ferocious defensive effort as Central defeated Oak Ridge, 74-63, in the quarterfinals of the AAA girls state tournament. The victory sends the Lady Warriors (29-6) into a 10 a.m. semifinal Friday against Dickson County. The winner of that one will play for the state title Saturday at 1 p.m.

"The key for Johne' is her defensive responsibilities," said Haynes, whose team is in the semis for the second straight season. "The players have a lot of freedom offensively as long as they stick to their defensive assignments. Our mindset is to identify ourselves regardless of who we're playing.

"If we're able to play the way we're capable of and to our strengths, I felt we could be successful."

Mission accomplished.

Central forced the pace from the outset and successfully created turnovers, leading to several easy buckets in transition that helped shake off some of the pre-game jitters.

"Some of them were kind of bug-eyed," said Haynes.

Oak Ridge finished with 21 turnovers, compared to just eight for the Lady Warriors.

"That was definitely part of it," said Wildcats coach Paige Redman. "I'd be a fool to sit here and say that wasn't a big part of it."

Said Haynes of his team's constant pressure on the defensive end, "You can prepare for it but it's nothing like until you see it and actually have to go through it."


Oak Ridge had no answer for Stewart either, who scored 24 points in the first half to help Central build a 41-29 lead at halftime. She finished 10 of 20 from the floor and 11 of 12 from the free-throw line, hitting 5 of 6 in the final minute to keep Oak Ridge at arms length after the Wildcats had closed to within 7 with 1:17 to go.

"I had to step up," Stewart said. "I had an offensive assignment and a defensive assignment but mainly that was my goal, to step up."

Others did as well. Kynadi Kuykendoll hit two 3-pointers to fuel Central's decisive second quarter and finished with 10 rebounds as well. And Bionka Massie — the lone senior on the roster — took over for Stewart in the second half, scoring 14 of her 16 points.

"It was as important as having five players on the floor," said Haynes of Massie's contribution off the bench. "It allowed us to maintain (the advantage)."

Oak Ridge, last year's state runner-up, ends the season 30-4. Desiree Bates led the Wildcats with 20 while Courtney Ellison and Mykia Dowdell contributed 14 and 13 respectively.

Oak Ridge (63) — Courtney Ellison 14, Jada Guinn 4, Destiny Kassner 8, Jaymi Golden 4, Mykia Dowdell 13, Desiree Bates 20.
Central (74) — Brianna Cooks 9, Brittney Ivory 4, Kynadi Kuykendoll 8, Ariel Lane 2, Bionka Massie 16, Johne’ Stewart 31, Jireh Washington 4.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Briarcrest girls fall to Brentwood Aca. at State Tournament

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Briarcrest's Savanna Owens (23) starts the fast break during Thursday's Division II-AA semifinal at Lipscomb's Allen Arena.
Longtime Briarcrest coach Lee Smith said this year's team was the youngest he's ever had. The Saints showed their age on the big stage Thursday.

Brentwood Academy took any suspense out of the game early, taking control of the game with a 16-3 run in the first quarter before winning 66-37 in the Division 2-AA girls semifinals at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena. The Eagles (25-6) will go for their fourth straight championship Saturday at 1 p.m. against Ensworth, which eliminated Father Ryan in the other semifinal.

For the Saints, who end the season 22-9, it will be another long ride back to Memphis after a disappointing state tournament appearance. One of Shelby County's most consistent programs, Briarcrest has advanced to the final four in seven of the last eight years, finishing runner-up three times and losing four times in the semis. Four times, they've had their season ended by Brentwood Academy.

But while those teams were laden with veteran standouts, this year's roster features only one senior, Morgan Hunt, who finished with four points.

"We have some good eighth-graders coming up so I'm optimistic," said Smith. "I feel really good about the future ... We just kind of got away from who we are. Not to discredit them, though; they're a very good team."

Briarcrest led 6-5 before the Eagles went on their decisive run to take a 21-8 lead after the first eight minutes. The Saints were never able to get it under double figures after that.

There were several issues. The Saints committed 25 turnovers and lost the rebounding battle 38-22. Briarcrest shot 34.1 percent from the floor (14 of 41) while Brentwood Academy connected on almost 50 percent of its attempts.

"Poor decision-making," said Savanna Owens. "And when you get behind against a team like that ... it's hard to dig yourself out."

Added Smith, "Offensively, I thought that we didn't panic. We knew what we wanted ... but we allowed one or two turnovers to get to us and we never did get ourselves settled down. I called two timeouts early in the first quarter trying to get us settled but we never got on track.

"And they killed us on the boards."

Owens, a junior, turned in a strong performance with 18 points on 7 of 15 shooting from the floor (2 of 6 from behind the arc). No other Saint reached double-digits though.

The Eagles got excellent balance, led by 14 from Maggie Brown. Kathryn Stockhoff scored 11 while Blair Schoenwald and Kallie Searcy added 10 apiece.

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Girls Basketball Scores - March 4, 2016

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CLASS AAA SECTIONALS
Central (54) — Eva Bailey 3, Brianna Cooks 12, Kynadi Kuykendoll 11, Ariel Lane 8, Johne’ Stewart 13, Jireh Washington 7.
Munford (29) — Gabby Crawford 10, Ali Gover 7, Shania Johnson 3, Johnna Jones 7, Kennisha Mason 2.
Records — Central 28-6, Munford 27-7.
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Arlington (52) — Karlee Bates 4, Sarah Grandberry 11, Christina Nichols 4, Nya Stewart 2, Lanetta Williams 14, Caitlyn Wilson 17.
Houston (56) — Shaela Gardner 8, Madison Griggs 11, Jayla Hemingway 13, Sammiyah Hoskin 4, Rochelle Lee 2, Shannon Sharp 3, Destinee Wells 15.
Records — Houston 27-3.
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MHSAA CLASS 6A STATE TOURNAMENT
QUARTERFINAL
Jim Hill (58) — Nakeisha Holcomb 9, Antionette Womack 19, Deandria Barnes 3, Sabrina White 2, Ladedra Bryant 7, Lakala Thornton 6, Truth Taylor 7, O. Olateru-Olagbegi 1, De’Aisha Herring 4.
Olive Branch (86) — Katie Blackmon 11, En’dya Buford 15, Dasia Harden 2, Dallas Hullett 2, Sarena Shipp 11, Myah Taylor 22, Mahogany Vaught 11, Sarah Cararas 2, Tyriana Gilbert 2, Taylor Woodhouse 8.
Records — Jim Hill 26-6, Olive Branch 31-1.

Girls Basketball Scores - March 1, 2016

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REGION 7-AAA TOURNAMENT
CHAMPIONSHIP
Arlington (47) — Karlee Bates 6, Sarah Grandberry 5, Christina Nichols 9, Nya Stewart 6, Lanetta Williams 6, Caitlyn Wilson 15.
Munford (56) — Gabby Crawford 23, Ali Gover 5, Shania Johnson 2, Johnna Jones 19, Kennisha Mason 7.
Records — Arlington 24-9.
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REGION 8-AAA TOURNAMENT
CHAMPIONSHIP
Central (54) — Brianna Cooks 27, Kailyn Downs 1, Brittney Ivory 2, Kynadi Kuykendoll 2, Bionka Massie 1, Johne’ Stewart 13, Jireh Washington 8.
Houston (61) — Shaela Gardner 3, Madison Griggs 13, Jayla Hemingway 17, Sammiyah Hoskin 4, Rochelle Lee 2, Destinee Wells 22.
Records — Central 27-6, Houston 26-3.

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Myah Taylor, Clarion-Ledger Athlete of the Week

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By the numbers: She had 20 points, 9 steals, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in Olive Branch’s win over Warren Central, sending it to the MHSAA Class 6A quarterfinals.

Coach speak: “She was a fearless competitor on both ends of the court this weekend. She loves to play the game, and at a high level, since she was in middle school,” coach Jason Thompson said.

For the record: Taylor is a five-star signee with Mississippi State.

Birth date: June 4, 1999

Favorite athlete: Chris Paul

Favorite team: Mississippi State

Favorite TV show: Spongebob Squarepants

Favorite movie: Beyond the Lights

Dream vacation spot: Bahamas

Dream job: Wants to graduate with an engineering degree and help lead Mississippi State to the Final Four.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Girls Basketball Scores - February 27, 2016

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REGION 7-AAA TOURNAMENT
SEMIFINAL
Bolton (54) — Tamia Aldridge 18, Keke Logan 11, Marquasia McGregory 8, Amelia Simpson 5, Keianna Thompson 6, Bree Tipton 6.
Arlington (61) — Karlee Bates 13, Sarah Grandberry 1, Christina Nichols 10, Nya Stewart 6, Lanetta Williams 11, Lanyce Williams 3, Caitlyn Wilson 17.
Records — Arlington 23-8.
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REGION 8-AAA TOURNAMENT
SEMIFINAL
Central (72)Brianna Cooks 34, Brittney Ivory 2, Kynadi Kuykendoll 5, Bionka Massie 9, Johne’ Stewart 13, Jireh Washington 9.
White Station (68) — Quential Battle 13, Damiah Griffin 5, Kyla Harris 8, Zaire Hicks 13, Tamia Jones 10, Brittni Moore 19.
Records — Central 26-5.
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REGION 8-AA TOURNAMENT
SEMIFINAL
Covington (38) — Tia Bland 16, Kiara Booker 2, Kayla Davis 2, Khylee Dowell 1, Destiny Foster 1, Malia Jarrett 4, Lamia Udley 7, M’dia Walker 5.
Haywood (67) — Takiyah Benton 6, Rashadoa Dancy 3, Laquita Calloway 6, Shadaesya Glover 2, Victoria Perry 2, Jamirah Shutes 34, Kelsy Shutes 2, Wandarkyu Young 12.
Records — Covington 20-10, Haywood 24-8.

Girls Basketball Scores - February 24, 2016

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 REGION 7-AAA TOURNAMENT
Hardin Co. (38) — Bishop 4, Brewer 1, Cherry 9, Hunt 7, Mazanele 4, Stricklin 13.
Bartlett (28) — Kennedy Crawford 7, Lenerra Gray 4, Makia Morris 2, Ashley Payne 9, Teaya Reaves 2, Kiya Sidney 2, Molly Word 2.
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Brighton (60) — Taliyah Brown 24, Kailey Hunt 6, Aubree Jones 5, Sylvia Jones 15, Lindsay Morrissett 6, Mary Grace Smith 4.
Arlington (82) — Karlee Bates 2, Sarah Grandberry 3, Christina Nichols 13, Taylor Shanklin 2, Nya Stewart 14, Lanetta Williams 16, Lanyce Williams 7, Caitlyn Wilson 23, Tessa Brigman 2.
Records — Arlington 22-8.
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REGION 8-AAA TOURNAMENT
Ridgeway (46) — Takesia Barnes 12, Secret Brown 2, Makala Cheatham 11, Elizabeth Dixon 4, Mericle Hall 9, Jessica Kelley 2, Fatimah Wells 6.
Whitehaven (51) — Jasmine Carson 15, Dontrecia Johnson 6, Bianna Pettis 2, De’Aysia Reeder 2, Shmya Ward 18, Alexus Williams 3, Jayla Woods 5.
Records — Whitehaven 20-8.
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Kirby (32) — Bryunna Buntyn 6, Anteria Jackson 6, Desirea Jackson 4, Taylor Merrill 6, Juantia Walton 10.
White Station (74) — Quential Battle 10, Kayla Bradley 4, Israel Collins 2, Gigi Ford 2, Damiah Griffin 6, Kyla Harris 3, Zaire Hicks 6, Tamia Jones 20, Brittni Moore 13, Alaina Price 2, Taylor Williams 6.
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Central (62) — Eva Bailey 2, Brianna Cooks 15, Kailyn Downs 1, Brittney Ivory 1, Kynadi Kuykendoll 3, Bionka Massie 12, Johne’ Stewart 16, Jireh Washington 12.
Collierville (48) — Trinity Farmer 8, Kyra Pryor 11, Jada Taylor 11, Lauren Taylor 18.
Records — Central 25-5, Collierville 17-12.
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REGION 8-AA TOURNAMENT
Ripley-Tenn. (43) — Zakayla Adams 10, Shelmesha Barbee 9, K. Bonds 2, T’Keyah Cooper 8, Amaria Currie 7, L. Doles 7.
Trezevant (58) — Richara Cooper 6, Quinterria Foster 14, Sade Hudson 23, Brandy Shannon 13, Kearra Tucker 2.
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Covington (61) — Tia Bland 21, Kiara Booker 11, Destiny Foster 6, Malia Jarrett 5, Fa’teshjia Russell 2, Lamia Udley 12, M’dia Walker 4.
Raleigh-Egypt (46) — Tasia Bland 15, Chardonney Brown 7, Zaykia Head 16, Britney Johnson 4, Whitney Smith 2, Ronni Williams 2.
Records — Covington 20-9, Raleigh-Egypt 16-9.
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REGION 8-A TOURNAMENT
Scotts Hill (47) — Anderson 4, K. Maness 4, Gore 16, Alexander 8, Scott 12, H. Maness 3.
Mitchell (67) — Vertonia Bady 16, Miata Borders 19, Demiya Grandberry 8, Chancey Jackson 2, Kiara McCollins 6, Ravann Rogers 5, Derinisha Taylor 11.
Records — Mitchell 28-3.
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DIVISION 2-AA STATE QUARTERFINALS
Harpeth Hall (34) — Triplett 5, Hollins 2, Owens 11, Lowe 3, Hill 4, McDermoff 9.
Briarcrest (52) — Alli Clarkson 2, Taylor Clemons 12, Anne Marie Hays 2, Morgan Hunt 8, Savanna Owens 23, Brianna Pope 5.
Records — Harpeth Hall 12-14, Briarcrest 22-8.
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Ensworth (58) — Cambridge 16, C. Cowles 6, Doochin 2, Frist 8, Harris 3, Waggoner 13, Wynn 9, Whitson 1.
St. Benedict (21) — Catalina Carrasco 2, Alyssa Denegri 2, Kristina Ferris 2, Lily Gleneck 3, Myah LeFlore 10, Lauren Neuhoff 2.
Records — Ensworth 21-4, St. Benedict 14-14.
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DIVISION 2-A SUB-STATE
The King’s Academy (27) — Baker 3, Judd 7, Blythe 7, Norris 3, Bouknight 3, Connaster 2, Collins 2.
Northpoint (63) — Ashtyn Baker 14, Mason Branning 4, Micaela Brown 6, Lauren Gross 17, Amara McKay 2, Hannah Shafer 4, Jade Wells 11, Lindsey Whiteside 5.
Records — The King’s Academy 13-13, Northpoint 27-2.
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GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES
Bolton 66, Dyer County 62
Olive Branch 75, Warren Central 59